We traveled to Boise early April 2021—Spring Break. My co-traveler wanted to spend a week in Boise. I wanted to explore the Oregon Trail and the Sacajawea Trail for later posts. But Boise itself has a lot to explore, so we did what we could in so short a time, trying to balance our complementary and competing interests.
Here’s our itinerary as it worked out:
Day 1—travel to Boise via I-84 with a few stops along the way at Historic sites
Stayed at Hampton Inn & Suites Boise-Downtown
Late supper at Chandler’s
Day 2—within walking distance of our hotel:
Idaho State Museum
Lunch at MOD Pizza
Wandering about town
Day 3—points of interest: walking and driving
Idaho State Capitol building
Fort Boise Park
5 Guys burgers, Meraki Greek Street Food
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial & Boise River Greenbelt
Day 4—to the east of Boise
Glenn’s Ferry & Three Island Crossing (Oregon Trail)
1000 Springs (Snake River Canyon)
Twin Falls Arctic Circle
Shoshone Falls (Snake River Canyon)
Blowout near Mountain Home :-O Tri-County Towing changed our tire, saving us towing all the way back to Boise, followed us as far as his exit to see we were ok
Day 5—to the west of downtown Boise
(flat fix at Les Schwab—we were there at opening, they were friendly and fast)
Parma/Old Fort Boise
Farewell Bend OR (Oregon Trail)
Day 6—head for home, mostly I-84
Hawkins Pac-Out for lunch—family-owned traditional fast food, including finger steaks
Fast Eddy’s—everything we needed to start on our way: food, gas, oil, car wash
trip home via I-84, with a side journey to Sacajawea Historical State Park, Pasco WA
My travel helper is interested in owning a carwash combination business, so we checked out 5 car washes in 5 days! I might as well review those here as well, at bottom.
I’ll try to include some other options for things to do in Boise ID and places to stay. And I intend to write separate posts for the Snake River Gorge/Canyon, Baker/La Grande/Pendleton, the Oregon Trail, and the Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark) Trail, so I will just make brief mention of those here.
I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.